March 25, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU joins national 'RecycleMania' challenge
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will join more than 600 universities across the nation to observe "RecycleMania" April 5-9, including competition in the residence halls to find which hall can generate the largest percentage of recyclables.
SRU's RecycleMania Committee has grown this year and now includes members representing residence life, environmental health and safety, the AmeriCorps environmental team and SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
The committee has also launched a program asking students to take a recycling pledge. Those who join the pledge, which was e-mailed to students earlier this week, will have a chance to win an I-Pod.
"We hope these programs will get students thinking about environmental issues and motivate them to participate in reducing their carbon footprint during the week and into the future," said Cathie Sadler, assistant director of residence life at SRU.
SRU's committee is also providing a number of recycling tips to students who take the pledge.
The eco-friendly week wraps up with a Campus Clean-up Day April 10 sponsored by the University's Green & White Society.
The national RecycleMania program, based in Stamford, Conn., asks colleges campuses to see which ones can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. The program involves competition in eight categories. The overall program is designed to help schools raise awareness of their campus recycling programs as well as waste reduction and conservation issues in general.
In 2009, 510 participating colleges and universities collected more than 69.4 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics. This prevented the release of 88,739 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives. -